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In general I would say Nancy Curlee's team wrote the hell out of so many of JFP's questionable casting choices.  The writing was mostly intelligent and—in stark contrast to JFP's later work—they tried to fit new characters/characterizations into the canvas in logical ways, at least until the wheels came off with Tangie.  As far as Alex's reintroduction scene, specifically, I think it made sense pre-internet that Alex wouldn't have necessarily gleaned from the headlines during a layover that her company had been taken over in her absence.  If none of the articles happened to say "Roger Thorpe and Jenna Bradshaw, who earlier this year won control of Spaulding Enterprises in a lawsuit..."  Alex might have just seen that the stock prices were down or whatever and resigned herself to deal with that once she got home, because she was unable to go down a clickhole.

 

And I don't think Marj Dusay was inherently a bad recast Alex.  By that point, in hindsight, the cast overall had just been so gutted and she was yet another new face with a familiar name who couldn't replicate what came before.  (Alongside potentially familiar faces playing new characters, of course.)  I enjoyed some of Dusay's work on GL I saw over the years, and especially much of that early material, but of course she couldn't have replaced McKinsey.  I really doubt any of the other actresses mentioned could have either.

 

As far as persuading McKinsey to come back just long enough for the battle for Spaulding, I actually wonder if that story ever would have happened if she were still on the show.  It was implied that the reason Jenna and Roger were able to get away with it was because of Alex's absence and Alan-Michael's screwups (one of the best scenes from that time, after truth be told it had been a little hard to swallow 20-something A-M a serious contender for the presidency, was when he acknowledged to Vanessa that he was never qualified to challenge her for the position and essentially apologized for being an entitled brat to her).

 

I feel like the writers scrambled with Alex abruptly gone from the canvas, and ended up giving the Spauldings some of the same materials/beats they had planned for the Bauers after Maureen's death.  Of course, going by Ellen Parker's telling of how she learned the news that she was fired (on opening night of the play she was doing, which the NY Times said was in November of 1992), it wouldn't have been too late to reverse course on killing off Maureen once McKinsey quit, or at least postpone it.  Whatever else I may think of the decision to write Maureen off, failing to reevaluate in the wake of what would otherwise have been the show's most shocking departure in a decade or more really sealed the deal.

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2 hours ago, Forever8 said:

 

Hot but his "acting"skills were atrocious and the dreaming death plot was one of Long's worst...a rip off of Marland's lassa fever (sort of) on GH in 1979. Jim needed to be a half naked life guard then his presence on the screen would have been compelling..That otter fur...woof.

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And I thought Jim and Hilary made a good couple as well.  When watching Reva's slut of Springfield episode...Jim/Hilary were featured as well..talking about their relationship and where each wanted it to go.

 

Shame the show killed Hilary off...while Jim languished for a few months before being written off.  Least the show could have done was have them leave together so Hilary could have returned later.  

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3 hours ago, RavenWhitney said:

Hot but his "acting"skills were atrocious and the dreaming death plot was one of Long's worst...a rip off of Marland's lassa fever (sort of) on GH in 1979. Jim needed to be a half naked life guard then his presence on the screen would have been compelling..That otter fur...woof.

 

Michael Woods was sexy AF playing Jim but yeah he was never the strongest actor (remember his stint as Alec Woods on ATWT LOL, with him clean shaven you almost wouldn't know it was him). Jim didn't feel needed though. Just a younger, sexier replacement for Justin IMO. But I would have kept Justin and had him mentoring Jim. Anywho ...

 

I didn't mind what I've seen of Hillary and Jim, though I don't think Marsha Clark really has much "hot" chemistry with anyone she's paired with. I do like several of her pairings but I can see why they never really "took off". Clark and Jay Hammer seemed to have some chemistry. Early Fletcher is so much better than later Fletcher.

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1 hour ago, Forever8 said:

 

I wish they had kept them fighting..though over something more interesting then Limp Richard.. They should have turned Cassie into a raving bitch (I mean, the kind the rest of the characters would notice) after Reva pulled the plug on Richie.

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It was a nice chat with Bolger, DePaiva & Goodwin. They told some stories about Beverlee and Bernau. And I agreed with Kassie...JB is a handsome dude, always thought so. He kind of gives off a Scott Bakula-type vibe to me. I saw him in all 3 of the soaps he mentioned but I especially liked him as Gabe on AW. I hated that they killed Gabe and it was during that period (not long after Frankie's death) when they were still going for the shock value so Gabe was gunned down in the street and then shown on the slab splayed open. Cute how he was asked about Ray Bolger. Would be cool to see an AW chat with Bolger, Linda Dano, Robin & Matt Crane. Or a GL Lewis chat that included Jordan Clarke, Maeve and Jean Carol.

I honestly hadn't recognized JG from the picture and had to look up who it was; then I was like, oh, that's Johnny Bauer!

 

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Finally dug out my old GL scripts and outlines!  The attached are just the first page of each document.

 

GL 1990 Breakdown written by Nancy Watt, assigned to Rich/Lawrence (includes head writer hand written notes by either Long or Curlee

GL 1988 Script written during writer's strike (Grant's shooting copy)

GL 1990 Script

GL April 1969 Soderberg/Sommer Story Projection!!!!!

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1 hour ago, RavenWhitney said:

Finally dug out my old GL scripts and outlines!  The attached are just the first page of each document.

 

GL 1990 Breakdown written by Nancy Watt, assigned to Rich/Lawrence (includes head writer hand written notes by either Long or Curlee

GL 1988 Script written during writer's strike (Grant's shooting copy)

GL 1990 Script

GL April 1969 Soderberg/Sommer Story Projection!!!!!

 

 

These aren't showing up as attachments...can you try to create a link to them ?

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Locher’s reunion with the GL producers was probably his best yet.  Amazingly informative about the BTS workings of daytime.  The group truly seemed to adore their time working on the show.

 

One of the producers had been the assistant to multiple EP legends including JFP, Paul Rausch, John Conboy and Ellen Wheeler…she shared some tales and you know she has many more.   Much time spent on the Peapack experiment...they offered a better appreciation of how inventive Wheeler was in trying to keep the show on the air.  Wheeler was seemingly dedicated and hard working…they even mentioned her pulling all nighters in the studio.  Would be great if Locher could get her on for an interview — between AW, AMC and GL, she witnessed so much daytime history.

 

Not surprisingly they all praised Zimmer and said of all the “divas” they worked with in their careers (before and after GL) she was the most down to earth and real.  Apparently she commuted daily by bus from NJ to Port Authority before hauling across town to the GL studio.  Love the image of the multi-Emmy winning legend trudging through Port Authority with the rest of humanity.

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12 hours ago, gimmetoo said:

 

These aren't showing up as attachments...can you try to create a link to them ?

https://imgur.com/a/0ikvWfU

I'm rereading the GL 1969 story projection. I believe this is the projection that got Soderberg/Sommer their four year head writing stint on GL.  They kick off the story in May and go through year end.  Wikipedia says they were head writers starting in Nov 1969 but this projection is written to begin in May so either they didn't start their stories in May or Wikipedia is incorrect.

4 hours ago, Paul Raven said:

No luck for me either. I  would really love to see these!

https://imgur.com/a/0ikvWfU

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